Thursday, December 10, 2009

My blog has moved

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Thanks for all your support.

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Bakeneko - or Ghost Cat from the Japanese tradition

I am a lover of traditional folk tales, especially those that involve animals. "Bakeneko" or "Ghost Cat" comes from to us from Japan and is used in Kabuki theater hence my treatment of the subject as a mask.

I've taken significant liberties with the original material subject, mainly in color choices. The overall effect adds more dimension to the otherwise flat image.

Have a great weekend. Peace.
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Monday, November 2, 2009

Water - a study of symbols and calligraphy

Symbols have always interested me. When I was a kid, I would scratch these obscure glyphs all over everything. I'm sure driving my parents nuts when it was into my bedroom furniture.

I've been developing this idea into a black and white series examining calligraphy and basic graphic symbols. In this case, "Water" is the Chinese character over source material from Ithaca Falls in New York. I wanted to use this particular image as water is a very cerebral element to me as well as being calming. Ithaca Falls plummets just below the campus of Cornell University, the epitome of the enlightened mind traveling and gaining momentum.
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Friday, October 30, 2009

Seward's Study and the challenges of HDR

This image is a composite HDR taken from the Seward House in Auburn, New York. The kind people at the facility allowed me to shoot inside to gather material for a commercial renovation project at the Holiday Inn in town.

It was a tricky shot to composite. The sunlight coming in from the window and the incandescent light inside the room were of vastly different color temperatures. As usual, the results directly from HDR processing in the Photomatrix Pro program were a bit soft so layering and painting in Photoshop were necessary to get all the fine detail back. My other negative experience so far is that the blacks will block up coming out of PMP, and I have to do a bunch of processing on darker detail areas to make sure it won't come out in a print.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Target Wave

Blog Update:

I've been quite bad at keeping up the blog lately. For that, I apologize. I am in the process of converting my blog into more of an image only format that helps me get away from extensive writing, which takes too much time at the moment, and I'm not the best writer anyway.

Thanks for all the continued support!


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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Two Gates - new to the Reflections Series

Image copyright 2009 Byron O'Neal

This image reminds me of a Navajo rug pattern. I admit a bit of a loud pattern but this is what the image says to me nonetheless. 

My website is now I-Phone friendly thanks to the good folks that host me over at PhotoBiz
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Stormtrooper Graffiti

Image copyright 2009 Byron O'Neal

This one goes out to all you Star Wars fans still out there. 
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Secret Caverns in Cobleskill, New York

On my recent commercial trip to upstate New York, I came across this funky little joint called The Secret Caverns. They have hand painted all of their billboards in the region, and I just fell in love with the throwback style. It makes me think of what road side attractions used to look like before the interstate system was created. More to come, I think I shot about fifteen or so of these. Sphere: Related Content

Calligraphy Burning

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